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Decoding virus-host interactions in the oxygen-starved ocean

Joint Genome Institute September 15, 2014

For multicellular life—plants and animals—to thrive in the oceans, there must be enough dissolved oxygen in the water. In certain coastal areas, extreme oxygen-starvation produces “dead zones” that decimate marine fisheries and destroy food web structure. As dissolved oxygen levels decline, energy is increasingly diverted away from multicellular life into ...

Global Food Traceability Center launches new Seafood Traceability Financial Tool

WASHINGTON DC — The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) today announced the launch of a Seafood Traceability Financial Tool. This tool assists organizations in the seafood industry in understanding the financial impact (costs and benefits) of implementing traceability. Developed with input from seafood business leaders and ...

Seeing protein synthesis in the field

September 5, 2014

Caltech researchers have developed a novel way to visualize proteins generated by microorganisms in their natural environment—including the murky waters of Caltech's lily pond, as in this image created by Professor of Geobiology Victoria Orphan and her colleagues. The method could give scientists insights to how uncultured microbes (organisms that ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Scientists apply biomedical technique to reveal changes within the body of the ocean

WHOI News Releases September 4, 2014

For decades, medical researchers have sought new methods to diagnose how different types of cells and systems in the body are functioning. Now scientists have adapted an emerging biomedical technique to study the vast body of the ocean.

In a study published Sept. 5 in the journal Science, a ...

PCCI publishes three articles in Health Affairs July themed issue: The impact of big data on healthcare

August 12, 2014

Dallas - In collaboration with national experts in informatics, health services research, health policy and law and ethics, PCCI researchers authored three articles in Health Affairs’ July themed issue, The Impact of Big Data on Healthcare, which “explores the promise of big data in improving health care effectiveness and ...

Perú’s carbon quantified: Economic and conservation boon

Washington, DC — Today scientists unveiled the first high-resolution map of the carbon stocks stored on land throughout the entire country of Perú. The new and improved methodology used to make the map marks a sea change for future market-based carbon economies. The new carbon map also reveals Perú’s extremely ...

Supporting the White House Climate Data Initiative

University of Minnesota July 30, 2014

The Office of the President of the United States announced a significant expansion of the White House Climate Data Initiative yesterday in Washington, D.C. Through a partnership with the Kellogg Company, the Institute on the Environment’s Global Landscapes Initiative will support this effort by providing maps and data showing ...

NFWF announces $1.23 million in grants to support sustainable fisheries in the U.S.

Washington D.C. — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the fourth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to support sustainable fisheries in the United States. The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen while at the ...

Economists behind the FCC's spectrum auctions to receive Golden Goose Award

The Golden Goose Award July 17, 2014

Robert Wilson, Paul Milgrom and R. Preston McAfee, whose basic research on game theory and auctions enabled the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to first auction spectrum licenses in 1994, were announced today as recipients of the 2014 Golden Goose Award.

They will receive their awards on September 18 at the ...

Study: How existing cropland could feed billions more

By Mary Hoff University of Minnesota July 17, 2014
Feeding a growing human population without increasing stresses on Earth’s strained land and water resources may seem like an impossible challenge. But according to a new report by researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, focusing efforts to improve food systems on a few specific regions, ...